The Governor General of Canada opened the Barkerville exhibit in China last week. Who Am I? Bridging the Pacific: From Guangdong to Barkerville and Back, gives us a glimpse into the lives of Chinese gold rush seekers.
The exhibit has travelled to many places so far including the Hong Kong Museum of History, Guangdong Overseas Chinese Museum, the Wuyi Museum at Wu Yi University and the Taishan Museum.
This exhibit also allows for the collection of even more stories and information of Canada and China’s past, becoming an evolving record of our shared history.
Chinese gold seekers played a big role in the Cariboo gold rush. Towns such as Yale, Quesnel Forks and Stanley all had large Chinese populations. Check out some of my previous posts such as the Kwong Lee merchants and Chinese names in the gold rush.